Our own experience and that of other happy anglers confirms that the browns and rainbows are in fantastic shape this season on the Beaverhead. The water right below the dam is consistently producing fish from 18-22 inches. We’ve seen a few bigger than that, but very few smaller. After a week of below average flows, we are now seeing discharges from the dam that will benefit floating anglers. Small sow bug patterns size 16-18, zebra midges, and size 18-20 split backs are the ticket. Look for fish to return to the worm bite with increasing flows as well.
The salmon fly watch is on for the Big Hole River. The big bugs should be moving towards the banks soon, with adults showing up in a week to ten days. Pat’s rubber legs in brown, black, and orange will be the ticket for the next week. Cloudy days over the past week have provided some excellent streamer fishing. You can’t go wrong with yellow. The fish on the Big Hole are in excellent shape as well, very chunky.